Did teh 4x4 drive to the car park. Sattled up our gear and headed in for the overnight. Slept at the base of the beast and listened to an intense thunderstorm that we thought would push us away from the summit. By early morning it had cleared up. Made summit a bit late, then hiked all the way back to the car. So tired, had to sleep for an hour before i could drive. Loved it.
Packed into West Snowmass drainage, below Moon lake, went over top of K2, good weather, lots of people up there.
This was the biggest snow year that I recall. VW size boulders were stll on the icy Lake in late August! Dirk almost surfed a huge rock off near the summit. I got a bit nervous on the snow on K2 on the way down, someone broke out a rope which I was glad for. probably not a big deal dry...Hear about the ski off the South/West Face! holy nut balls...
Great trip started at 2 AM / summit 9:30 w/ shknbke. One of the best 14ers!
Beautiful day! Little hot, major buggy...forgot the DEET. Had to chase off cows, a little bushwhacking through the tarn. We saw no one until we reached the Daly saddle. Glad we brought the rope in case of storms. Glad I brought the helmet as many people were knocking things loose. Wish I had more water. Glissade down was sweet and nice break on the knees.
Had to turn back due to bad weather, can't wait to get back to it.
Had to turn around because of sketchy weather. Travesed in across the Boulder field from the N. to avoid the Moon lake approach.
Total ascents = 3. Great Mountain !!!
Very fun day!
This is without a doubt, my favorite 14er outing. We did it from West Snowmass Creek, instead of the usual Capitol Creek approach. We camped at some little lakes just below Moon Lake, and it is stunning in there. From there it is a direct climb up to "K2" and the standard route.
DAM! One of my two scariest moments on a 14er, both times due to the weather. This was actually my 5th attempt on this mountain. Been to the start of the knife ridge twice. I summited by myself. The morning started out with roughly 9 people. See my trip report.
Very intense. The ridge was actually fairly exciting!
What a beautiful hike! Camped near Capitol Lake. The next morning the weather was terrible. Clouds and drizzle. Nonetheless, it was not so bad not to continue. My friends and I hoped the weather would change for the better by the time we reached K2. We continued up over the notch between Daly and K2 and into the basin with all the snowfields. Once we made our way higher, we almost mistakenly thought Clark Peak was K2! However, my 6th sense and my compass lead us in the correct direction towards K2. Unfortunately, by the time we were within a short scramble of the summit of K2, the weather was still fickle. We decided to give the weather 45 minutes to break or we would turn around. Well, we did not even have to wait that long! In 15 minutes the weather took a quick turn for the worse! It started raining and sleeting and snowing. The boulders became slick and dangerous and we had to proceed slowly on the rocks until we reached the snowfields. The snowfields had much better footing. We also glissaded down some of them. I even got to use the ski pole self arrest technique once. Cold, wet, and tired, I finally felt like I was out of danger's way once down from the Daly-K2 notch. Later on in the afternoon, Capitol reared its head out of the clouds as if to taunt me. By the time I reached my car at the trailhead, the peak was obscured in clouds again, refusing to say goodbye. I will definitely have to return and attempt this peak again!
This was the most amazing climb ever! Tons of fun and definitely my favorite mountain thus far!
Straight forward climb. Nothing really technical. Long day to do it car-to-car, but fun.
This was my third attempt (the first two I was turned around on the Knife Edge by weather fronts). Started from the lake at 3 AM and was on the summit just after 9'ish. One of my most memorable days! The pic I submitted is of my climbing partner as we crossed back across the Knife on our descent. When we got back to the lake, we watched as a paraglider opened on top and descended into Aspen in style.
Friend and I started around 6 or so to go do the NW Buttress. However, the wind was ummm quite strong and the rock was ummm quite cold so we went for the fun route across the knife ridge. Very cool! The toughest part IMO (and maybe we did this wrong) was around K2. I felt more exposed on that stuff climbing around than on the knife ridge! I"ll be back capitol!
Summited with Brian Litz, Matt Wentz, Marie Pavlovsky, Rom McGuffin & Wendy Durst.
Drove the night before, slept in the back of my truck. Started hiking solo from Capitol Creek TH at 3:30, reached Capitol lake in 2 hrs, summit in 5.5 hrs. Didnt see anyone else until I neared the knife edge on my descent. Round trip of 9.5 hrs. Very, very cool peak. My favorite Colorado 14er and # 54/58 for me!
#2 for me on this one. 2 for 2 tries. I just had to come back and do it all again and make sure the first climb wasn’t a fluke. A lot more snow to go up this time.
Got a late start (~8am), but made it to the lake in 2hrs and the summit in another 3.5hrs. The weather held off all day. Made it car to car in 10hrs. Lots of people up there!! The Knife Edge and final ridge looked intimidating from K2, but turned out to be pretty easy and quite fun!